Almagest carried a big weight to victory over 2m at Beverley last time and there may be more to come over this marathon trip. Scatter Dice is another likely to last home though she's found life tough off her current mark over shorter trips this season. Flashman finished ahead of Rocktherunway, Hawk Mountain and Body Language when runner-up at York last time but this can go to Irish raider FACE VALUE. The latter beat the returning Albert Bridge in last year's November Handicap over 2m at Leopardstown and after a better effort on his latest start at Bellewstown, he looks primed to confirm running and go very close.
Moidore 9-2 (9-13) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, slightly outpaced over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Statutory (9-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Almagest 13-2 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well, won at Beverley 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Tartan Jura (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Platinum (9-0) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Albert Bridge 8-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 9l behind Arch Villain (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Body Language (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden 5f out, outpaced over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 15, 10l behind Eagle Rock (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Twelve Strings (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Close up, pushed along 5f out, ridden 3f out, headway under pressure to chase winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Statutory (9-0) at Chester 2m hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Rocktherunway (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) In rear, rapid headway to lead over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Eagle Rock (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
New Youmzain (FR) 6-4fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Yours Ever (8-10) at Haydock 2m hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Mister Pagan 15-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 2nd and closed on winner towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 14, nk behind Medieval Bishop (8-4) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Flashman 7-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, every chance from over 1f out, not quicken near finish, 2nd of 15, nk behind Eagle Rock (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Los Nadis (GER) 18-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, hung right from over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 17l behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Bright Abbey 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 13l behind Scottish Boogie (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Hawk Mountain (UAE) 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 8l behind Eagle Rock (9-10) at York 2m hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Face Value 8-1 (8-12) Pushed along to soon lead, strongly pressed and joined 2f out, soon headed, 4th and no extra 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 4l behind Cullentry Royal (9-13) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.